Monday, October 3, 2011

Juan Figallo officially the best Player of Pool B

The official website of Rugby World Cup, has named 22 year old Los Pumas tighthead prop as the best player of Pool B which included Argentina, England, Georgia, Romania and Scotland. The Pool was very tight and saw Scotland fail to reach the Quarter Finals for the first time ever. Such was the competitiveness of the pool that it was, in the words of the IRB,  less about hat-tricks and more about coolness in the close encounters. There were players who impressed greatly from a number of teams. For instance, 20 year old English centre, Manu Tuilagi, who alongside Chris Ashton was key to his sides play in the backline. English backrower, James Haskell was another star for England, playing in the backrow. The best Scottish player, according to the official websites' report was secondrower Richie Gray  who had a massive workload. Georgian back row Mamuka Gorgodze was as good as any backrower in the tournament and flyhalf Merab Kvirikashvili was also credited as being key to the Lelos. Romanian hooker, Marius Tincu was hsi sides best player.

Injured Pumas backrower, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe was outstanding vs England and Romania but was forced out of the tournamed after sustaining a tournament-ending injury against Scotland. It was, however, tighthead prop, Juan Figallo who won the award for being the best player in the Pool Figallo had only played four tests for Los Pumas before Rugby World Cup 2011 and took the Pumas 3 shirt from the long serving Martin Scelzo who has been on the bench for the South Americans throughout the World Cup. Considered by as being truly a Test match animal, Figallo played loosehead prop for Montpellier in the clubs ground-breaking 2010-2011 season in which the club reached the final for the first time ever.

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